“Boy burnt at stake, girl beaten to death.” I probably have read this line a hundred times in the morning newspaper while sipping my cup of coffee. Coming from a middle class family in India, where people still boast about an unwavering and staunch faith in caste, creed, and religion, I smile, but the smile is one of shame and condescendence.
What are some great recommendations for summer vacation plans? After midterm examinations, students get busy making plans and reservations for their exciting summer vacation. On the other hand, some students spend their time filling out different kinds of application forms for their meaningful summer vacation. Summer and winter vacations mean much more than just two months of break from school.
This year’s regular season of domestic baseball is now well under way, with the first two months’ scheduled games having been played out; fans are slowly starting to feel the fever of anticipation that peaks during the fall postseason.
One of the biggest dilemmas has been taking shape in my heart and mind. The question that has been haunting ever since I joined KAIST is “To what extent should I participate in club activities on campus?” There probably were so many moments when you had to give up your passion for the sake of studying hard to get a better GPA.
It could have well been a perfectly innocuous photo-time for Shinzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, had it not been for the painful number “731” on the jet plane that brought back memories of Japan’s atrocities to many nations worldwide.
It seems that graduating college in more than four years has now become the norm. Reasons why students end up being “super seniors” vary, but the leading cause seems to be the trend of taking a leave of absence from college, or hyuhak in Korean. According to The Chosun Ilbo, as of April 1 of 2013, 932,703 college students nationwide are on a leave of absence from their studies.
While I lived outside of Korea, never once did I identify myself as a “good English speaker.” English was simply a language I used to communicate with other people. It was such a fundamental part of me that I never viewed it as something to be proud of, or a skill that others might covet. All that changed once I came to Korea for college.
On November 12, the Danish Tax Ministry’s decision to abolish its fat tax, implemented only the previous year, brought to the world’s attention an interesting concept of imposing surcharges on “unhealthful” foods. The tax was placed on various food items including cheese, butter, and meat, all of which contained saturated fat in excess of 2.3 percent.
In a fly genetics lab, curious flies make their way out of a small plastic flask filled with a mushy culture medium only to realize that the flask is in an incubator, and the incubator in a room locked tightly. This has been the truth for laboratory flies way before their birth for generations. A very similarly picturesque analogy applies to us humans and the society we live in.
Among the many utterly bitter truths we are facing today, one of the hugest is our mad addiction to smartphones. The invention of this magical portable device that does almost everything except studying on our behalf has gotten us falling head over heels. Whether it is on the subway, in the lunch line, at the dinning table, in the john, everywhere we go the smartphone follows! Why?
In today’s materialistic world where everybody is bowing down in front of a luxurious life with all comforts, do you feel you are any different? When was the last time that you tried to look beyond the teary eyes of a woman who has no money to feed her child?
This column is among the mix of many other options of articles to read, and even after getting a chance to be read, it will soon be forgotten. Even those who read this article will soon be gone, so no matter what, nothing seems to be able to escape the gruesome black hole of nothingness.
With the start of the spring semester, a new arrangement has been made in the 2013 KAIST academic calendar. KAIST, unlike other Korean universities, was known for its three-month summer vacation of June, July and August. In return, the winter vacation lasted only for a month. This academic system was convenient for students who took summer semester courses or interned abroad.
Warning: On December 21, doomsday is coming for the 2012 apocalypse. To those of you who have already experienced the great fuss about Y2K at the turn of the century, such 2012 apocalypse would seem laughable. Yet, according to many conspiracy theorists of the so called 2012 phenomenon, the Y2K bug was only a small part of the impending devastation.
The recent painting of Geun-hye Park, a candidate of the 2012 Presidential Election, giving birth to her own father Chung-hee Park, Former President of Korea from 1963 to 1979, was offensive enough to put many Koreans into sheer shock. I was appalled by the painting myself, and incensed over the fact that the painting was actually put on display for people to see and contemplate on.
A night before the due date of the General Chemistry Laboratory report, I had to go through a tough inner conflict of whether to copy the lab report or not. Unlike my high school, where students are often expelled when they get caught plagiarizing, KAIST seems to have a much more lax attitude towards copying.
November is the season of presentations of different departments in KAIST. As only a few weeks are left for freshmen to decide their majors, seniors and professors are in a hurry to persuade and recruit as many freshmen into their majoring departments. One of the ways they chose to gather freshmen and convince them is to open a briefing session.
There are moments in life when the world you believed in feels unbearably strange; crimes occur at frequent rates and people walk by heartlessly without giving a glimpse at a road-killed pigeon. Though its warmth is still there, life no longer remains, and though it feels like the clock has stopped, people walk by busily as if there is something more important to them.
If I were the head of my country, I would reform and revitalize education and develop infrastructure, including human capital. This would ensure a sustainable approach to deal with two pressing problems that currently plague India: corruption and poverty.Education is a critical tool to spread awareness about socio-economic hurdles among Indians.